Madame Matisse, 1983. Acrylic on canvas, 60×122 1/2 inches.
Helen Frankenthaler is one of the great abstract expressionist whose career emerged in the 1950’s. Her technique of pouring paint onto the canvas influenced me on my quest as an abstract painter. An interesting fact about Frankenthaler is that she was married to Robert Motherwell. I would love to have been a fly on the wall listening to their art conversations. I love Frankenthaler’s thoughts on painting, “A really good picture looks as if it’s happened at once. It’s an immediate image. For my own work, when a picture looks labored and overworked, and you can read in it—well, she did this and then she did that, and then she did that—there is something in it that has not got to do with beautiful art to me. And I usually throw these out, though I think very often it takes ten of those over-labored efforts to produce one really beautiful wrist motion that is synchronized with your head and heart, and you have it, and therefore it looks as if it were born in a minute.” (In Barbara Rose, Frankenthaler (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1975, p. 85)